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construe (something) as (something)

To view or interpret something in a particular way Although I believe that he's innocent, I can see how one could easily be construe his actions as a crime.
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construe something as something

to interpret something to mean something. Please do not construe this as criticism. We mistakenly construed her comments as positive.
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This court being the custodian of the fundamental rights by the Constitution was a symbol of utmost respect for him and he firmly believed that he had never intentionally or unintentionally committed any action which might be construed as contempt of the court, he said.
Accordingly, LSAT argues that the Convention's enabling legislation is an 'Act of Congress' within the meaning of the [MFA] provision that '[n]o Act of Congress shall be construed to invalidate, impair, or supersede any law enacted by any State for the purpose of regulating the business of insurance.
Finally, the NCLB Act is in conflict with itself, by stating in Section 9527 that "Nothing in this Act shall be construed to authorize an officer or employee of the Federal Government to mandate, direct, or control a State, local educational agency, or school's curriculum, program of instruction, or allocation of State or local resources, or mandate a State or any subdivision thereof to spend any funds or incur any costs not paid for under this Act.
25136(d)(2)(C) dealing with a traveling road show or opinion surveying, indicate that personal services shouldn't be construed that narrowly.
It construed the 1993 will as requiring all trust income be paid to Jo at least semiannually.
Although it didn't help him in the long run, he might well have been offering what could be construed as "good advice" to today's long-term care owner/operators.
I would conclude that it is proof of Einstein's proposal that gravity is due to the bending of space around a massive object, but I fail to see how this can be construed as an indication of the speed of gravity.
New York City construed educational adequacy differently and drew on the state's own Regents Learning Standards as a definitional guide.
103) states, "Nothing in the first amendment to this Constitution shall be construed to prohibit the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.
PMD publisher Al Goodloe says, "This decision in no way should be construed to mean that we are less optimistic about the future of international markets.
The National Catholic Register (April 28) added: Father Murphy may be chiefly responsible for the misunderstanding of Vatican II in the United States, which was construed to be an open-season invitation to laxity.
Our position on domestic-partner benefits should not be construed as any form of discrimination," said Suzanne Apple, Home Depot's vice president of community affairs, to gay newspaper Southern Voice.
The appeals court found that as construed, the statute does not violate due process because when linked with the requirement that the prisoner contribute part of the award to payment of the fee, it could conceivably inhibit prisoners and their counsel from filing frivolous or low-value suits.
If human consciousness is construed as ultimate consciousness, wherefore do we seek, strive, and find?
Comparing the properly construed claim to the device accused of infringement remains a jury question.